About Us - Iowa Prison Writing Project


The University of Iowa Prison Writing Project connects the writing community on campus with prison writing communities in Iowa and beyond. We seek to foster and support writing and self-expression by the imprisoned and believe that these voices offer unique contributions to the literary landscape. We believe that when the work of inside writers is championed, both inside and outside populations benefit.

About the University of Iowa Prison Writing Project

The University of Iowa Prison Writing Project is a collaboration between the Writing University and The Iowa Review.


  1. Empower and encourage prisoners to write and provide a platform to champion their writing.
  2. Connect inside and outside writers to foster greater understanding, dialogue, and creative opportunities for both.
  3. Provide incarcerated individuals with writing resources and opportunities to showcase their work. 

Phone: (319) 335-0462

Email: prison-writing@uiowa.edu 

Mailing Address:

[Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction] Editor
Prison Writing Project
305N CC
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242